We take so much for granted when our computers are working to our expectations. I have never once seen a co-worker look up from their computer and gleefully announce, “I am so grateful that my computer is not giving me any shit today!”
Those of us who deal with computers on a daily basis aren’t likely to wax poetic when things are going swimmingly with our PCs or Macs. We spent all that money after all, so why shouldn’t these machines do everything but wipe our butts?
I had an afternoon at work today where IT Guy thought it wise to replace my system one hour before my shift, and not give me the heads-up that I might want to come in 30 minutes early to acclimate. Others who use that computer before I get in experienced some angst, but their issues were like an appetizer to what I had to deal with all afternoon.
It’s 9:40 p.m. and I am too tired to get into it. Having to stay an hour later at work — and and not even getting the necessary documents for tomorrow morning printed out because the new system hadn’t been conjugated with a printer — I got home closer to 7:45 p.m., in which time I had to make what was left of the evening all about me.
Several puffs from my pen pipe, a Moscow Mule with additional splash of vodka, a small plate of my favorite new crackers from Trader Joe’s (schmeared with St. Agur cheese), another puff, then upstairs to watch last night’s episode of The Walking Dead.
This started out about electronics and how they often let us down. How nice that it ended with the last two hours of my day, and the realization that once again, essential pain can lead to earned rewards..